Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED wireless mouse review: Fast but Fragile
The Logitech G305 is one of my favourite mice of recent times, but it does have some issues, so I’m going to talk about all the pros and cons in full, that way we can give it a real review and say whether or not it’s worth your money.
Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED; The fast…
When I mentioned the Fast part of the G305 from Logitech in the review title, I was not kidding. This thing has a simple build optimised for packing as many functions as possible into a very light shell.
The lower half of this shell can be popped off to reveal a battery compartment; with the mouse using a single AA battery to power it for prolonged periods. This same compartment also features a small niche used to store the USB receiver for the signal from the mouse.
Obviously don’t leave that in there if you want to use the mouse, but it is damn nice if you’re going to be travelling with it because there’s no way you’ll manage to lose it.
Be aware that this is advertised as a gaming mouse specifically. This might be a turn-off for some who just want a good mouse, but I’d ignore it in this case if I were you.
The G305 isn’t exactly packing much in the way of flashy gamer-only features. If you’re an RGB Enthusiast, that might come as a negative, but the lights on this thing are quite limited. The Logitech Logo shown is a simple silver icon on the mouse itself, not somewhere for light to shine through as an example.
As a matter of fact, the only light on the mouse itself is used to indicate which DPI mode you are on, located below the mouse wheel. Even then it only flicks on when the mouse is turned on, or when you change the DPI mode.
Speaking of which, that DPI changing? You’ll need G Hub to be customising that, and speaking of G Hub, let’s move on to the not-so-great bits.
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…and the Fragile
Unfortunately after all those positives, we do have to move on to the worse part of the experience I had with this mouse. While there are a lot of minor and major things to recommend this mouse while I’m reviewing it, there is one rather fundamental flaw.
The Logitech G305 Lightspeed falls prey to at least one common issue with Modern Logitech mice.
Seemingly random double-clicking after a period of use. This is often chalked up to the use of cheaper switches for the mouse buttons in more modern builds. I’m not sure if that is the reason, but it certainly seems plausible that it could be.
And I can confirm this is definitely still an issue because my very own G305 had precisely this problem. I recently replaced it with a Logitech G604, and while it hasn’t (yet) had the same issue, I’m not as impressed with that mouse as I was hoping for the price tag.
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Honestly had it not been for the double-clicking issue, the G305 Lightspeed from Logitech would have scored very highly in this review.
I understand some people might not like G-Hub as well, but that is a bit of a neutral issue for me. The double-clicking from bad switches however is a rather fundamental issue, given that the G305 is a mouse and a mouse with unreliable Left and Right mouse buttons has effectively ceased to be a mouse.
Is the Logitech G305 LIGHTSPEED mouse worth it, in review
There are plenty of things I haven’t really dived into here honestly. The mouse comes with two side buttons, which is a nice bonus though fairly standard at this stage for anything advertising itself as a gaming tool. Anyone buying this as a fairly high-spec office mouse might be in for a surprise with those though.
I experienced no issues with the accuracy of the mouse either. The Lightweight advertising for the mouse is equally accurate too, weighing only 99g with the battery included with the mouse in place – it’ll make for one of the most lightweight mice you’ll ever use, so it’s certainly fast. The customizability of 4 different DPI settings is a great extra, there are a lot of these small positives.
Unfortunately, those switches responsible for the double-clicking issue undermine the entire product, so I can’t merit scoring it higher as a gaming mouse given it’s simply too fragile for it. If you’re looking for a mouse for less intensive actions, such as office work, then this is likely going to last you years and years and be an absolute workhouse for you.
If you’re using it for gaming, expect to be replacing it within 6 months, as I had to. And with that in mind, I struggle to recommend buying it to you as anything beyond an excellent general-purpose mouse, because gaming kills this thing.
With the above in mind, I’ve scored this mouse on both Durability and Longevity. Durability refers to how long it’ll likely last gamers, while Longevity is for use in a more relaxed setting. Normally these two would be combined into a single durability or lifespan score, but the difference due to the switches here is stark and so I felt I should emphasize both.